One of the most iconic food places in London has to be Harrods Food Hall. It is a veritable feast for the eyes and tastebuds. So when I was invited to review Pan Chai, I accepted with glee.

I popped in for a working lunch. The atmosphere was buzzy as always and the staff seemed instantly warm and charming.

Pan Chai, Harrods Food Hall

We started our lunch with Champagne cocktails …

Pan Chai, Harrods Food Hall

… and for starters, I had the tempura dish …

Pan Chai, Harrods Food Hall

… while my guest had vegetarian sushi rolls. Pan Chai, Harrods Food Hall

We both thoroughly enjoyed the start of our lunch and when my main arrived, the excitement of the surprising spectacle matched the delightful freshness and flavours of this fantastic selection of sushi and sashimi.

Pan Chai, Harrods Food Hall

We were both intrigued about her tofu steak dish, which admittedly took a little longer than mine to arrive. But when it did, again we were pleasantly surprised and my guest was very impressed with her choice.

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Overall, I had a very satisfying lunch at Pan Chai. I enjoyed everything I tasted and loved the atmosphere. I can’t compare Pan Chai to the other offerings in the Harrods Food Hall but I can definitely recommend it if you’re after a contemporary Pan-Asian meal.

Chelsea Girl

Visitors to London love the city because of all it has to offer: the history, the culture, the shopping and the pace and range of excitement with its events and new openings. This city never stops.

As a Londoner, sometimes it’s difficult to keep up and yet the thrill of never being bored is one of the reasons why I could never live anywhere else.

So when you step into Harrods Georgian Restaurant on the 4th floor, a place where there is a feeling that time stands still, you experience something unique that allows you to relax and simply take in your surroundings.
The Georgian Restaurant, Harrods

The Georgian opened in 1913 and still retains some of its original features. If you look up, you will see the details that made me feel we were onboard the Titanic at one point. And recently The Georgian has been refurbished under the guidance of bespoke interior designer, Christopher Guy Harrison, who sought “inspiration from the elegance of the 1920s and 1930s [so] the room fuses modernism and classicism to create the perfect environment for guests.”

I particularly love the ballerina-inspired chairs, which are just beautiful. If you visit the Georgian, take a look at details on the back of the chairs and see how the legs are crafted to convey the legs of a ballerina. Exquisite craftsmanship.

The Georgian Restaurant, Harrods

I’m no stranger to the Georgian restaurant but last week was my first visit without Little Man when I wasn’t also in too much of a rush. I met up with Angie and as usual time ran away with us. The conversation just flowed and I felt like I was in the perfect setting for it.

But with such a rich historical context, it is easy to assume that the menu may be lacking in contemporary dishes. This is very much not the case.

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After receiving our glass of Champagne Rosé each …
The Georgian Restaurant, Harrods

… Angie enjoyed her seared tuna carpaccio with …
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… aubergine purée, caponata dressing and baby basil cress whilst I …
Harrods Georgian Restaurant

… indulged in the foie gras terrine with smoked duck breast, rhubarb and cucumber chutney and a truffle muffin. This starter was sublime and whilst I don’t usually eat bread before my main, I couldn’t help but finish off the muffin. The rhubarb and cucumber chutney also gave the dish a special touch. The Georgian Restaurant, Harrods

For main, Angie ordered the delicious and very healthy looking Georgian native lobster salad with courgette flowers, Minus 8 ice wine vinaigrette and candied black olives.The Georgian Restaurant, Harrods

And I thoroughly enjoyed my smoked Scottish monkfish with shaved parma ham, cantaloupe melon and yuzu gel.
The Georgian Restaurant, Harrods

I also had to have a side of truffle chips, which were irresistible and a real treat. 
The Georgian Restaurant, Harrods

Before having to pull myself away from such a gorgeous lunch, Angie ordered a mint tea whilst I had a coffee when these petit fours arrived at our table. I tried to practise restraint after such a satisfying lunch but I simply couldn’t resist. The mini éclair and mini cream cake were both divine. I’m not surprised this place is also popular for afternoon tea. Harrods Georgian Restaurant And as I left Harrods, walking through one of the most renowned shopping destinations in the world, and stepped onto busy as usual Knightsbridge, returning to my fast paced life, I carried the feeling of the Georgian restaurant along with me throughout the rest of the day: relaxing, indulgent and effortlessly timeless. Chelsea Girl

 

Disclaimer: Angie and I were invited to try the lunchtime menu, which I would happily return to enjoy all over again with some friends or my family. The whole experience from the staff and setting to the food and ambience was a real treat. 

Last week I visited Harrods to meet Nurse Jamie, celebrity skin care expert whose clients include Sophie Dahl, Rita Ora and Kirsten Dunst to name a few.

Nurse JamieThe purpose of my visit was to try Nurse Jamie’s B12 Energy Shot which works as a “natural energy boost that supports your metabolism, mood, brain and memory function”. Nurse JamieThe thing is what I discovered at Harrods was even better than the Holy Grail of energy potions that most working mothers strive to discover I’m sure.

What I discovered has got me quite excited.

To start with, it’s a gadget. I love gadgets. I have plenty of them, more than I know what to do with. But this gadget feels more like a little miracle especially as it’s so easy to use.

I am talking about the ACELLerator ultra beauty device for face and body. I’m not sure how it works for the body but Nurse Jamie tried it on my face after applying some ultra conductive gel.

Nurse Jamie ACELLerator Ultra

The way it operates is there is a 1MHz wave that works on the skin as the gadget is placed on targeted areas. And after several minutes on one side of my face, I could truly see a difference. I’m not kidding. One side of my face suddenly seemed plumped up and glowing. It was quite amazing. When I saw that Nurse Jamie was offering complimentary mini facelifts I didn’t expect this.

I’m thinking a set of ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots would be quite wise at this point, to illustrate the reason for my astonishment. Unfortunately, whilst my skin was looking impressive I could say less about my hair.

So, if you are in the vicinity of Harrods and if there is an opportunity to test the ACELLerator, I urge you to try it. I popped along to meet Nurse Jamie who was a real pleasure to talk to and now I am looking at this gadget on the Harrods website. I am very tempted to buy it or if I am asked what I’d like for my birthday, I think I know what to ask for. Or to put it another way, I am very impressed with this skincare gadget. It’s no wonder Sophie Dahl has beautiful skin with Nurse Jamie at the helm.

Chelsea Girl

This is a long overdue post and one that is still worth writing because there is still time to pop into Pradasphere at Harrods.

Prada at Harrods

But in case you don’t make it to the 4th floor of Harrods by May 29th 2014, here are some snapshots to give you a taste of the fabulousness of this Prada exhibition.

Prada at Harrods

Prada at Harrods

The exhibition is divided into sections akin to the Natural History Museum with the first area to explore being Origins.

Prada at Harrods

And as you make your way around this space, which is normally known as the Georgian Restaurant, you discover the evolution of the Prada brand.

The whole thing is really quite amazing and I love the original Prada artefacts on display …Prada at Harrods

Prada at Harrods

Prada at Harrods… as well as these beauties which give you a chance to browse past editorials. These books are especially stunning and if you have the time to take to look through them, I would suggest doing so. (Unfortunately, I arrived at the countdown to closing time and so attempted a quick flick through.)

Prada at Harrods

Prada at HarrodsOf course, there are also accessories and clothes on display …

Prada at Harrods

Prada at Harrods

Prada at Harrods

Prada at Harrods

Prada at Harrods

Prada at Harrods

… which include the beautiful dress from The Great Gatsby.

Prada at HarrodsThere is also a Prada timeline which gives you details on landmark dates as well as the names of artists, which the Prada Foundation has nurtured over time.

Prada at Harrods

They include, Sam Taylor-Wood …

Prada at Harrods… Anish Kapoor …Prada at Harrods… and Laurie Anderson.

Prada at HarrodsThere is also a screening room which shows short films by Prada. I didn’t have a chance to see them this time round but it gives me a reason to pop in again.

In fact, this exhibition has something for everyone which is testimony to how influential Prada has been over the years in the arts and in the case of the Prada Transformer, architecture …

Prada Transformer… as well as food, with the Marchesi Café. You can read about my lunch, here.

Marchesi Café at Harrods

The whole exhibition was a revelation. I walked in thinking I knew what to expect and I walked out with layers of knowledge which were all a complete surprise to me. This is a great exhibition!

Prada at HarrodsHarrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL.

On Sunday I went to Harrods for lunch with Sunny in London. Our precise destination was the Marchesi Café, which is a pop-up restaurant that is part of Pradasphere: the Prada exhibition on the fourth floor. Marchesi Café at HarrodsThe Marchesi Café in Milan is part-owned by Prada, so it makes sense that the whole Prada experience is completed by either a lunch or an afternoon tea when going to visit the exquisite exhibition.

Located along which would normally be the Georgian Restaurant, the Marchesi Café evokes a sense of being on the continent. Marchesi Café at HarrodsWith shelves of sweets lined up along the wall, there is a timeless beauty to the space.

Marchesi Café at Harrods

To start off lunch, I enjoyed a Champagne cocktail …

Marchesi Café at Harrods

… whilst Sunny enjoyed a Kir Royale.

Marchesi Café at Harrods

And of course, because it was a Sunday afternoon water was also being sipped at the table.

Marchesi Café at Harrods

For starter, I had a fennel with anchovies and orange salad. There were some capers in there too. And I really enjoyed this salad, which was light as well as delicately tasty.Marchesi Café at Harrods

Sunny tried the mozzarella and tomato salad, which looked really good. It’s been a while since I’ve had mozzarella and I bet it was a delicious choice. To find out, you’ll have to see what Sunny says about her experienceMarchesi Café at Harrods

For our main … and I’m just throwing in this photo because I loved how the mains arrived … Marchesi Café at Harrods

I had one of the veal dishes which came with mashed potatoes and peas.

This dish was light and seemed simple but as with all good Italian cuisine, the simplicity allows for the quality of the ingredients to shine through.

One of my favourite dishes ever is a drizzle of truffle oil, shavings of pecorino cheese and pasta. Simple and very tasty.

So yes indeed, simplicity is key with good Italian dishes.
Marchesi Café at HarrodsFor my side, I had an artichoke with parmesan cheese …

Marchesi Café at Harrods… whilst Sunny had a risotto with saffron for her main and …

Marchesi Café at Harrods

… a mixed salad on the side.Marchesi Café at Harrods

For our second cocktails, we both had a Spritz: Prosecco and aperol, which I absolutely loved. I could have easily had a second.Marchesi Café at Harrods

But to go with dessert … a selection of pastries (filled with jam, rice pudding and apple) …Marchesi Café at Harrods… as well as truly delectable creme caramel …

Marchesi Café at Harrods… we had a glass of Champagne each. But of course!

Marchesi Café at Harrods

With great company, wonderful surroundings and a carefully thought out menu, the afternoon was pure delight.

It was the perfect preamble to a fashionable treat: Pradasphere, which will be the subject of my next post.
Marchesi Café at Harrods

Marchesi Café, 4th floor, Harrods.

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